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After finishing third in the 2011 FIVB World
League under new coach Andrea Anastasi, a
previous World League winner, Poland were
obviously a team to watch. But drawn alongside
Brazil in Pool B of the Intercontinental Round,
they would have a tough fight to make it
through to the Finals. “Poland will be our
biggest challenge in the group,” Brazil coach
Bernardinho accurately predicted. In the end,
Poland beat Brazil three times in four contests in
Pool B to eclipse the world No. 1 by three points
and advance to the Finals. First up for Poland in
Sofia: Brazil. The Poles squeezed through 3-2
before breezing past Cuba and Bulgaria to reach
their first ever World League final. Once again,
Poland put on a superb team performance as
they defeated USA to take home the gold medal
for the first time. Although the Poles won with an
all-around team performance, they still scooped
their fair share of individual honours. Bartosz
Kurek was named MVP, his attacking partner
Zbigniew Bartman took the Best Spiker award,
captain Marcin Mozdzonek was the Best Blocker
and Krzysztof Ignaczak was named Best Libero.
Historic gold for Poles
POLAND
1
st
No.
Players
Name / First Name
Nickname
Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
Caps
WCH OG OTH Total
Club
1
Nowakowski Piotr
F Nowakowski
18.12.1987
205
90
355
340
6
66
72
Asseco Resovia
2
Winiarski Michal
F Winiarski
28.09.1983
200
82
355
335
17
6
113
136
PGE Skra
3
Ferens Wojciech
Ferens
05.04.1991
194
87
340
302
16
16
Indykpol AZS UWM
4
Kosok Grzegorz
F Kosok
02.03.1986
206
92
345
325
31
31
Asseco Resovia
5
Zagumny Pawel
F Zagumny
18.10.1977
200
88
336
317
20 12
299
331
Zaksa
6
Kurek Bartosz
F Kurek
29.08.1988
205
87
352
326
6
102
108
PGE Skra
7
Jarosz Jakub
F Jarosz
10.02.1987
195
84
353
328
100
100
Top Volley
8
Krzysiek Bartosz
Krzysiek
19.02.1990
206
91
336
312
3
3
Indykpol AZS UWM
9
Bartman Zbigniew
F Bartman
04.05.1987
198
83
352
320
6
70
76
Jastrzebski Wegiel
10
Wisniewski Lukasz
F Wisniewski
03.02.1989
198
96
345
323
26
26
Tytan AZS
11
Drzyzga Fabian
Drzyzga
03.01.1990
196
90
325
304
8
45
53
Tytan AZS
12
Woicki Pawel
Woicki
29.06.1983
182
75
315
300
7
36
43
PGE Skra
13
Kubiak Michal
F Kubiak
23.02.1988
191
80
328
312
42
42
Jastrzebski Wegiel
14
Ruciak Michal
F Ruciak
22.08.1983
189
75
336
305
6
82
88
Zaksa
15
Zygadlo Lukasz
F Zygadlo
02.08.1979
200
89
337
325
10
200
210
Trentino Volley (ITA)
L 16 Ignaczak Krzysztof
F Ignaczak
15.05.1978
188
86
330
315
9 12
240
261
Asseco Resovia
L 17 Zatorski Pawel
Zatorski
21.06.1990
184
77
305
289
8
72
80
PGE Skra
C 18 Mozdzonek Marcin
F Mozdzonek
09.02.1985
211
93
358
338
6
7
147
160
PGE Skra
19
Lomacz Grzegorz
Lomacz
01.10.1987
187
80
335
315
6
43
49
Lotos Trefl
20
Mika Mateusz
Mika
21.01.1991
206
86
352
320
8
51
59
Asseco Resovia
21
Zalinski Wojciech
Zalinski
08.01.1988
195
88
340
330
AZS Politechnika
22
Wrona Andrzej
Wrona
27.12.1988
205
95
350
265
Delecta
23
Klos Karol
Klos
08.08.1989
200
80
357
326
30
30
PGE Skra
24
Wojtaszek Damian
Wojtaszek
07.09.1988
180
76
330
301
AZS Politechnika
25
Konarski Dawid
Konarski
31.08.1989
198
93
353
320
3
3
Delecta
C=Captain, L=Libero, F=Players selected for the Finals, WCH=World Championships, OG=Olympic Games, OTH=Other
Only players who played in the 2012 World League are listed in black